• Franschhoek wine tasting

Things to do

Food & Wine

First and foremost Franschhoek is about food and wine – and lots of it! The number of top rated restaurants together with the excellent boutique wine farms of the Franschhoek Valley makes this the most perfect place to visit in all of South Africa for food and wine lovers! In addition to the Franschhoek Wine Valley the Stellenbosch and Paarl wine routes are both within a scenic half an hour’s drive of Franschhoek offering an even wider choice. The wine routes are easy to navigate, however, we can easily arrange a guided wine and cellar tour on your behalf should you prefer!

The famous town of Franschhoek

This charming town, encircled by mountains offers a range of shops for all interest including:

  • A long list of excellent and award winning restaurants
  • Followed by an even longer list of boutique wine farms
  • Drive up the Franschhoek pass for a breathtaking view
  • Galleries
  • Boutiques
  • Art shops
  • Jewellery shops
  • Specialist shops
  • Chocolate factory
  • Huguenot museum and historical sites

Beyond Franschhoek

Many return guests have decided to make the beautiful town of Franschhoek their "home base" and travel to some of the other well known areas of the fairest cape during the day such as:

  • A day visit to one of the beaches – Hermanus, Gordon’s Bay or Strand
  • Take a day trip to Hermanus – a charming town where whales can be spotted during season
  • Visit Cape Town and surrounding area – only 45 minutes drive from Franschhoek
  • Enjoy the surrounding towns of Stellenbosch and Paarl – both in less than 30 minutes drive from Franschhoek

For the more adventurous

...or for those young at heart:

  • Try the wine tasting tour on horseback 
  • Horse riding in the mountains
  • Rent a bicycle to cycle through the charming village
  • Go hiking in the mountains
  • Hot air ballooning close by
  • Ziplining in Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve

For the young ones

The area can also be enjoyed by the kids and here are the highlights:

  • Enjoy a ride on the Franschhoek wine tram
  • Spend some time at Butterfly World
  • Le Bonehur Crocodile farm 
  • Feed an Ostrich and meet Gerry the Giraffe at Giraffe House
  • Visit the Drakenstein Lion Park & Chimp Haven
  • Fishing at La Ferme
  • Ziplining at Cape Canopy Tours
  • Visit the toy and miniature museum in Stellenbosch
  • Monkeytown in Somerset West
  • Cheetah park, birds of prey and a picnic at Spier, Stellenbosch

Golf

A number of golf courses are available close-by and these include:

  • Pearly Valley Golf Course 
  • Boschenmeer Golf Estate
  • Stellenbosch Golf Club
  • Theewaterskloof Country Estate
  • A number of other golf courses further afield can also be visited